Each year I sit down to write this letter, a flood of emotion fills me. Another year on the front lines seeing the worst that can happen to children. If you’ve heard the news lately, you are aware that so many children in our community are enduring trauma, abuse and violence too heartbreaking to even fathom. I’m sure you feel just like those who share their feelings with me — hopeless to do anything about it and haunted by these questions:
- What will happen to these children?
- Who will take care of them?
- What can I do to help?
First Responders for Kids
When children are in crisis, the trusted experts here at Center for Child Counseling are the first to be called. We go right in. Our presence ensures safety, calms fear and anxiety, and provides instant physical and emotional support for frightened, vulnerable children.
On the Front Line of Childhood Trauma
When horrific things happen to children, compassionate people like you are the answer. By supporting the Center for Child Counseling, you send immediate help, comfort, and care to end trauma and begin healing for children like these:
Siblings Jessica and Josiah, who experienced severe violence between their parents, ultimately witnessing their parent’s homicide and suicide.
4-year-old Shawn, who was removed from his substance-addicted mother and dangerous living conditions after a neighborhood drive-by shooting rained bullets into his home.
4-year-old Raj, 3-year-old Nicola, and 2-year-old Titus, who were removed from home after their parents’ opioid overdose and the children were found suffering from severe malnourishment.
Hope, Healing, and Happiness
As awful as these stories are, I always have good news to share. Because you care, children are not only healing, they are thriving. Because you gave, 3,800 kids and parents overcame trauma, abuse, and adversity this year to embrace a hopeful and happy future together. Isn’t that what every child deserves?
This holiday, please send help to more children like Jessica, Josiah, Shawn, Raj, Nicola, and Titus with a lifesaving gift to Center for Child Counseling. We need to raise $10,000 this season to keep our trauma first responders on the front lines where kids need us most. Please help us reach our goal!
I can’t thank you enough,
Renée Layman, President and CEO
P.S. In the Words of a Foster Mother:
"During the most difficult days trying to parent our foster son, I leaned on Center for Child Counseling, calling and texting for help. They were a steady source of wisdom, comfort, and encouragement. They made all the difference in helping our little guy learn how to process his emotions and find stability again."
Your Gift Heals a Child…